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Posted on December 17, 2014 at 6:00 am

Library By Brian Vander Veen It’s been nearly twenty years since the film Good Will Hunting came out, and honestly, I don’t remember much of it, but there’s one line that has long stuck with me. Working-class genius Will is arguing in a bar with Harvard student Clark, and what Will says, the redacted PG version […]

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Holiday Recipes Beyond Peppermint and Pumpkin

Posted on December 16, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_HolidayTreats_Intro By Kelsey Hudson I am totally in the holiday mood. I’ve decked my tree (complete with my favorite C-3PO ornament), found all the best wrapping paper, and am even making a stocking or two. Seriously, the holiday season is here and I couldn’t be happier—mostly. With all that joy, Grinch is not my normal holiday […]

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Library Hack: What Should I Read Next?

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_ReaderAdvisory By Cara Strickland I remember it as if it were yesterday. I would walk into my local library and make a beeline for the children’s section. In that library, there was a children’s librarian sitting behind a special little desk. I would walk up to the desk and smile as though I were going to […]

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Eagle-Spotting For Beginners

Posted on December 10, 2014 at 6:00 am

Bald eagle By Jane Baker One of the best gifts we receive during the holidays, here in the Northwest, is the annual visit of the eagles to Lake Coeur d’Alene. A lot has been written locally about the eagle watch, and rightfully so. To live in the area and miss the yearly visit is an opportunity lost. […]

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The Big Read Is Coming

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_BigRead The Big Read is coming to your community! What’s a Big Read, you ask? No, it’s not a really long book, or one with giant letters. It’s a program of the National Endowment for the Arts which gets everyone in a community reading and talking about the same book! In February, we will be all […]

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My Library Journey (a guest post by Cindy Hval)

Posted on December 4, 2014 at 6:00 am

Public library, shallow DOF. By Cindy Hval Guest Writer The purple plastic coin purse with the kitty face didn’t hold much, but then again six-year-olds travel light. It held two quarters, some pennies, a tissue, a cherry Chapstick and my first library card. Clutching the purse with one hand, I ran my fingers across the book spines standing sentinel […]

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Gifts For the Young (and young at heart)

Posted on December 3, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_KidsBookGifts By Sheri Boggs Buying books for young people is as stressful as it is fun. I don’t know about you, but I’ve had my heart crushed by my nephew’s bemused face the year I bought him the boxed set of The Chronicles of Narnia. I’ve watched kids turn over books and then flip them open […]

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Coffee Is Good For Me (I Knew It)

Posted on December 2, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_Coffee By Gwendolyn Haley The other day, I bought my usual morning coffee from a local coffee stand, and the familiar blue lid had a message for me. It said “I’m here to help.” And I wondered—is that true? Is my daily coffee habit more than a socially acceptable vice? Is all this coffee actually doing […]

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Holiday Gift Guide for Tinkerers, Makers, and DIYers

Posted on November 26, 2014 at 6:00 am

Feature_GiftGuide By Brian Vander Veen When people hear that I’m a librarian, they frequently assume that I’m a big reader. And I love a good novel, no doubt, but I can be easily distracted, lucky to finish a book in a month’s time, and my genre tastes are largely confined to some combination of wizards and […]

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The Romance and Rewards of NaNoWriMo

Posted on November 25, 2014 at 6:00 am

Chapter 1 written on old typewriter. by Cara Strickland Confession: I’ve always secretly wanted to do NaNoWriMo. For those who might be unfamiliar with this concept, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month) is an attempt to write a 50,000 word novel between November 1 and November 30 (at 11:59pm). I went to college to write fiction, gave up writing for a while […]

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